|From Buzzfeed: Part of the Twitter exchange between|
Internet Troll "Zortic" and Delta Airlines Saturday.
The word "lulz" for those not up on Internet jargon, is a plural form of LOL, for laughing out loud.
Yep, our bomb threat guy did it for the laughs.
Just when you thought Internet trolling could not possibly get any worse, it did.
The Internet troll who did this, via Twitter, will be having LOTS of lulz, I'm sure, when the FBI catches up to him or her.
And they will. It's fairly easy to figure out who is on Twitter when law enforcement really wants to know.
According to Reuters and just about every other news source, Delta Air Flight 1156 from Portland, Ore. and Southwest Flight 2492 from Milwaukee were both en route to Atlanta Saturday when somebody on Twitter names Zortic started the "fun."
Buzzfeed captured the whole Twitter exchange between Zortic and the airlines.
Zortic sent a message via Twitter to @DeltaAssist: "I have a bomb on one of your planes but I forgot which one when I left the airport. Can you help me find it?"
Well, right there you can tell it's just a troll being incredibly stupid. But airlines do have to take threats seriously. Just because of the off-chance there could be a mad bomber around
NORAD dispatched two F-16 fighter jets to escort the two airliners to Atlanta. Investigators scoured the planes, re-screened the passengers and found no bomb.
But look at the trouble and money and resources "Zortic" caused, all in the name of "Lulz"
At the end of his little game, Zortic had one last message on his now-deleted Twitter account, taunting people to raid him. "I'm a God. Completely untouchable and I challenge @FBI @CIA @NSA to actually get off their asses."
Oh, I'm sure these agencies are off their asses, Zortic. They just like to make arrests on their own terms. You'll see.
I've seen quite a few creative suggestions on how to punish Zortic, you know, just for the lulz. The best is to leave him in an un-airconditioned cargo hold in the sun all day in a plane parked on the tarmac at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on the hottest, most humid day of the year.
If they do that punishment for Zortic, can we have a live web feed of it please? Just for the lulz?
I keep saying there needs to be more aggressive prosecution of the most abusive Internet trolls to set an example. You can use existing laws barring threats, stalking, that sort of thing, to punish these idiots.
I hesitated before writing this post, because I don't want to give the trolls the attention they crave. But instead of pretending they don't exist, it's probably better to advocate punishment for the worst offenders. Maybe then they'll shut up already.